Bonnie Terry, M. Ed., BCET is a learning education specialist in Granite Bay, who offers the skills needed to overcome disabilities such as ADD/ADHD and Dyslexia, and gives hope to the parents and children struggling with learning challenges.
More importantly, her insights and experience working with students to fine tune and strengthen the brain in ways that enhance our capacity to learn apply to all children who are exposed to wireless devices at early ages which can make concentration a challenge.
(See related: How wireless connectivity may disconnect the brain)
“The first thing I tell kids is that smart people come for help,” Terry said. “We can change the brain. We can transform and strengthen the brains capacity to learn through neuroplasticity.”
One of Terry’s books, Ten Minutes to Better Study Skills, talks about note taking as something that really needs to be first experienced the old fashioned way, with a pen and paper, before the note taking apps are used. “The reason for this is so fundamental,” Terry said. “Children need to experience the logic and organization of taking notes by following directions through the hand and pen and thereby engaging the brain. Otherwise the note taking app is an automated, perfunctory experience which does not promote real learning.”
Terry’s practice provides mountains of evidence that when it comes to educating ourselves and our youth, keep first things first.
Think, think, think (as Winnie the Pooh would say).
Our children must be encouraged and expected to think for themselves before they activate an app, because learning is an inside job, in the heart and mind, and is not linked to a device.
Terry also advises parents and educators to consider the following tips for fine tuning the brain to enhance the learning experience for all students:
- Encourage students to drink water throughout the day - especially while doing homework. “It must be water,” Terry said. “The brain needs water and other sports drinks and soda require the body to work harder to get the water to the brain.”
- Do breathing exercises to break up classroom or study time, taking deep breaths.
- Have student stand from time to time and recite multiplication tables - keep the body moving.
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